Change Project- 1/2 Context Analysis, References, Proposal
Blackout Day – Blackout is a social media movement that aims to increase African American representation in the fashion world and in media. It also creates visibility and a positive space for people of color on social media. On specific days, people take over social media in a “blackout”
Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight), Emma Sulkowicz
Emma Sulkowicz (a student a columbia university) bared the physical burden of carrying a mattress around campus until her university recognized her sexual assault. It was a physical manifestation/movement that sparked a nationwide response on a college campus.
First Generation Fashion
In a city that represents a microcosm of the world, being a New York native is often synonymous with being of international descent. First Gen Fashion is a visual reflection of New York City. It captures an authentic representation of the ethnic communities that influence its incredible culture.
Issue: Xenophobia- how current immigrants and first generations Americans have benefitted/is benefitting America/CMU/Their Communities. Challenging the notion of being ‘American’.
Action: Create an All-“American” brand (conceived and produced here, or even outsourced materials i.e. things made in china and india but are sold here to benefit American economy) and a preliminary product (tshirts). I will ask first generation Americans/ Current Immigrants / International Students looking to live here to talk about their experiences through social media by using fashion and “street style” blogs as a catalyst/door to talking about this issue in an updated and new way.
Possible Shirt Designs/Slogan:
(not final designs whatsoever!!)